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post #6076 of 11039
Well, after my 3rd order from Spain I got hit with the dreaded duties fees from FedEx. For my 160 Euro pair of shoes the duty is $39.75. With shipping and duty fees this places Meermin in the $250 price range for their classic collection. I'm not sure that at this price point Meermin represents a real value and I doubt I go with Meermin for future purchases.
post #6077 of 11039
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Originally Posted by smoothmoose View Post

Is the medallion stamp off center, especially for the right foot shoe?
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

Very hard to tell without top down view. It could very well be the camera angle effect.

A few more in the spoiler. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)





Edited by henrikc - 5/22/13 at 12:31pm
post #6078 of 11039
Top down with the whole shoe(s) so we can determine if its a lasting issue or closing issue by observing the alignment from heel center, lacing, through broguing and the toe tip.

If its crooked all the way then it's lasting. But if its crooked only at the medallion it's a closing issue.

It does look off center slightly.
post #6079 of 11039
They use great leathers from the best tanneries but with this kind of craftsmanship and QC, honestly it look more like a waste of good materials...
post #6080 of 11039
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

Top down with the whole shoe(s) so we can determine if its a lasting issue or closing issue by observing the alignment from heel center, lacing, through broguing and the toe tip.

If its crooked all the way then it's lasting. But if its crooked only at the medallion it's a closing issue.

It does look off center slightly.
Thanks, I really appreciate the help!


post #6081 of 11039
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Originally Posted by alexSF View Post

They use great leathers from the best tanneries but with this kind of craftsmanship and QC, honestly it look more like a waste of good materials...

I was saying the same thing, my Museum MTO seems to be okay. I am giving them heavy wear to see, but all looks fine.
post #6082 of 11039

While I believe that some of the QC complaints I've read lately have been somewhat overblown (or even non-existent), others are definitely cause for concern.  Especially when creating something special like an MTO, Meermin needs to ensure that the product that leaves their factory is top quality.  As a relatively new company it runs the risk of being seen as a low cost, and low quality, provider.  That would be a shame considering the quality of goods they usually create. 

 

I've ordered four pairs of shoes from them and all of them arrived in great condition and still receive compliments when I wear them.  However, I think that the run of MTOs that have been placed lately has overtaxed the company as when I inquired about getting a standard pair of shoes in a different color I was told that they were rather swamped at the moment.  Maybe this is leading to a lack of QC overall.  This is why, while I start to drool at the thought of getting in on one of the museum MTOs, I haven't taken the plunge.  I think I'll wait till the rush is over then see about either joining in on a group order or starting my own.

post #6083 of 11039
I had two MTO from Meermin; one last year and one this year. It is really a crap shoot for quality.

That said, some of the issues are definitely overblown. Say, misaligned toe medallion, which runs rampant for EG, or say leather clicking, which runs rampant at C&J. I know people do expect perfection but then for all RTW or even for bespoke, perfection is only a goal but not reality.
post #6084 of 11039
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Originally Posted by PapaRubbery View Post

Belts would be 95 euro (inc VAT) each. But Pepe needs to double check with the Tannery that they can source enough leather. So if the belts went ahead, they would most likely ship separately from the shoes. However they wouldn't need the 12 week lead time, given the relative ease of making a belt compared to a pair of shoes. 

 

So for everyone interested in the belts, if they could post/PM me and I can give Pepe a rough idea of numbers. If you have already expressed interest in the belts, I've already noted it down, so no need to PM again. 

 

95 euro for a belt made from 15 euros worth of leather?

 

Thanks for investigating the belt option but I'm out.

post #6085 of 11039
On a positive note, I can report that my Museum MTO looks fabulous after a first heavy wear. I wore them yesterday 6am-6pm. Though slightly stiff at the inset, they fit me really beautifully and by lunchtime, they had softened to be one of the most comfortable shoes I have experienced on their virgin voyage. At the end of the day, I can report less creasing than I would have expected and only where it is expected. Wear to the sole is nigh ideal. This means that for my feet the Olfe is a great last. I would prefer a chiseled alternative with similar fit, but maybe that is on its way ....
post #6086 of 11039
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Originally Posted by chogall View Post

I had two MTO from Meermin; one last year and one this year. It is really a crap shoot for quality.

That said, some of the issues are definitely overblown. Say, misaligned toe medallion, which runs rampant for EG, or say leather clicking, which runs rampant at C&J. I know people do expect perfection but then for all RTW or even for bespoke, perfection is only a goal but not reality.

I don't think misaligned toe medallions are an issue that's overblown, no one likes a pair of shoes that look cross eyed. I've also seen issues of Meermin not finishing the leather's raw edge on certain shoes, which even for florsheim  a made in India brand is not having that issue. 

 

Personally I think Meermin should take off some options from their MTO program and get the basics down perfectly first. 

 

That being said, I'm out for the plum MTO. I'd rather wait for more constantly good shoes to come out of their shop.

post #6087 of 11039

Just received an update on the status: my shoes are currently being delivered, so should be here soon. Fingers crossed the sizing is right!
 

post #6088 of 11039
I had a very smooth MTO transaction with Meermin.

March 5: I emailed Pepe my order.
March 10: Pepe confirmed, and I paid the 50% deposit.
May 17: Meermin sent a request for the other 50% and said the shoes were finished. I paid.
May 20: Received shipping confirmation.
May 23: Received shoes.

I was quoted 12-14 weeks. They arrived in just under 12 weeks. I see no blemishes. Pepe answered my one basic question in his reply to me. I received my shoes in less than a week from completing my payment. Shipping was incredibly quick. I think I owed UPS about $63. They had the lining color wrong, but that is inconsequential to me.
post #6089 of 11039

Congratulations!  Pics?  Hope they bring you many years of pleasure!

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Originally Posted by zbromer View Post

They had the lining color wrong, but that is inconsequential to me.

But this sort of thing drives me as crazy as the imperfections in closing and lasting: for goodness' sake WHY?!  It's made to order, you picked a colour, they put in another one...that's just not justified at all!  Sure, it's inside, it's inherently less important, and to you it's no biggie.  But to someone else, who'd obsessed wtih having all his shoes lined in orange, it's a disaster.  Of course these things happen...oh..we ran out of fuchsia lining, it will take three months to get more and we need to get this order out (!).  If that's it, fine.  Or did they just get it wrong?

 

BUT they should tell you.  "Hey, ZB, we're terribly sorry but we're out of fuchsia lining - stocking error [that should never happen]and it will take us a while to get more.  Would you like us to finish your shoes in pink or purple or any other of our in-stock colours instead, or shall we wait for the fuchsia?  By the way, the trees are free as a gesture of apology." 

 

Or something,you'd think.  It doesn't matter to you, that's good.  It should have mattered to them, though.

post #6090 of 11039

Hey guys, I've learned a lot reading through this thread.  Based on what others have been saying here, it sounds like YMMV is the Meermin motto uhoh.gif.

 

I am curious what I should expect from the RTW ordering process?  On Sunday night, I picked my size and style from the LM line on the website (102461 navy punch toe, olfe last, size 8.5), added to basket, checked out, and then....never paid anything and was simply told I would be contacted within 30 days with an invoice?  This was Sunday night. Monday I received an automated email saying my order status had changed to "Order received" and then another one to "order initiated."  It's now Thursday and I have not received any further communication, nor paid any money to the company, nor received any invoice/bill.  Is this normal?  If not, at what point should I f/u with the company?  Tempted to just cancel in light of all the recent QC incidents listed here. But...these shoes look beautiful and I would like to give them an honest try before bailing.  

 

Any insights would be appreciated.  Thanks! 

 

MRM

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